LEVEL UP: A Student Reporting Labs Original Video Tutorial Series

The SRL team’s original video tutorial collection “LEVEL UP” is aimed at inspiring your students to take their storytelling and camerawork to new heights.

To check out the archived tutorial videos with Media Arts teacher Gil Garcia, click here.

Episode 1: Get that b-roll

Jordan explains why b-roll is key to powerful storytelling. Click here to access an accompanying student worksheet.

Episode 2: Been there, lit that

Jordan explains why good lighting is key to producing great video content. Click here to access an accompanying student worksheet.

Episode 3: POP

Jordan explains how to make your footage ‘POP’ through the principles of photography. Click here to access an accompanying student worksheet.

Audio Series — Episode 1: Mic Check 1, 2

Jordan explains why understanding the power of audio in video production is important. Click here to access an accompanying student worksheet.

Audio Series — Episode 2: Do’s and Don’ts

Jordan explains common problems in audio production, how to solve them and what student reporters can do to capture quality audio. Click here to access an accompanying student worksheet.

Audio Series — Episode 3: Meet the TASCAM

Jordan goes through the ins and outs of external audio recorders and explains best practices for recording and syncing audio. Click here to access an accompanying student worksheet.

BONUS VIDEO

SRL Presents: How to properly focus

How do I navigate information on social media?

SRL intern Becky Wandel explores what to look for when reading the news for Media Literacy Week.

WORKSHEET

How to debunk science reporting in the news

SRL’s Becky Wandel spoke with NewsHour science producer Nsikan Akpan about he how he debunked that cellphone-horns story.

WORKSHEET

How to record a video diary

Recording a video diary is one of the best ways to tell your own story of going back to school during the pandemic. Take a look at these tips from some of SRL’s producers (with help from some of our student journos) on how to record your own.

How do I tell fact from fiction? COVID-19 EDITION

SRLer Becky Wandel shares some fact-checking tips to get the best information online.

How to record b-roll on your phone

An interview, video diary, or news package is enhanced when you can get some shots that visually represent what was said on camera. In this Level Up tutorial, SRL will show you how to use your phone to record b-roll.